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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
RUGBY: ROSS 1ST XV 7- WHITEHALL 17
Ross conceded their fourth league defeat in a row on Saturday.
In a disjointed and error strewn match it was Whitehall
that did just enough to emerge as victors winning 17-7.
got off to a poor start. Conceding early territory to an
'up for it' home side, within five minutes they were already
7 points down. After turning over ball in midfield, Whitehall
moved the ball left. Some weak tackling wide out saw their
Winger cross to score under the posts. They converted and
Whitehall were 7-0 up. Whitehall continued to pile on the
pressure for the first quarter and could have added to their
lead, however, Rossís defence just managed to prevent any
further scores. Ross settled in the second quarter and began
to establish some possession and territory. It seemed as
if it was only a matter of time before they would open their
account, but basic errors and bad decision making saw too
many opportunities go begging and at half time the score
needed to score early in the second half, however, playing
up the slope they conceded territory deep in their twenty
two and Whitehall scored wide out on the left to open up
a 12 point lead. With the game slipping away, Ross finally
put some urgency into their play. With Whitehall under pressure,
their error count increased and a more aggressive Ross pack
began to make inroads, and finally, with the game entering
the last quarter Ross opened their account. From a penalty
in the Whitehall twenty two, scrum half James Hughes tapped
and beat two defenders before having the strength to take
another two tacklers over the line to score. Via both posts
he converted his score and Ross were back in the game at
continued to keep up the pressure and with less than 10
minutes remaining had a number of penalties in the Whitehall
twenty two. First Tim Hanks was held up short, then Matt
Redman and Tara Barnett. However, when a calm head and composure
was required, Ross got turned over and Whitehall cleared
their lines. To add insult to injury they then added a late
score to put themselves 17-7 clear at the final whistle.
Ross on Wye Walford Timber Man of the Match was James Hughes.
Saturday, 7th November, Ross will play at home against Spartans
of Gloucester. Kick off is at 2:30pm.
OLYMPIC HERO AT REGATTA BALL
by Ian Howell
Over 170 Ross Rowing Club members and guests were warmly
entertained at their annual Regatta Ball where the Guest
of Honour was 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist, Andrew
Hodge. The club is delighted to say that the event was the
best ever Regatta ball it has ever experienced. The Dinner
was also graced by special guests, Rhiannon Jones and Steve
Tuck, who have both worked through the Ross performance
system and won gold medals for Britain in international
Club had a lot to celebrate, having had its most successful
season ever, with 4 National medals, 120 club wins, the
hosting of its most successful regatta and a fast growing
Hodge made the most of his first visit to Ross, taking a
chance to view the Junior Academy with his partner Eeke
Thomee during Saturday afternoon. Eeke rowed in the Dutch
women's squad and provided much inspiration to the high
performance junior girls who are about to embark on their
own GB trials journey. In his speech, Andrew commented on
how impressed he was at the incredible progress the club
has made. He added, 'I must congratulate you and the committee
on what you have achieved and done over recent years. Ross
should be a model for many other clubs to follow.'
Club then took the opportunity to present the annual prizes,
which were awarded as follows:.
of the year was won by Morgan Baynham-Williams,
Club person of the year was won by Tim and Mandy Crossman
for all their hard work in organising amongst many things
the summer party and the regatta ball. Ian Howell for the
fourth year in a row was awarded the prize for best contribution
to the development of rowing at the Club.
Over 30 winners certificates were awarded and Club Captain
Ian Howell took the opportunity to celebrate the success
of the two most successful Club coaches John Lewis (Junior
Captain ) and Malcolm Pobjoy (Mens squad) who both received
presentation ceremony was capped with the award of specially
engraved tankards for the High Performance squad of Phil
Davies, Steve Randell, Anthony Dixon-Gough, Rolland Robinson
and Morgan Baynham-Williams. This group are the most successful
Ross Club oarsmen in recent times having won at Vet Henley,
and having captured the West of England Challenge Vase for
the first time in 60 years.
Chase hotel provided the perfect venue for this now prestigious
event. By being able to work closely with hotel manager
Colin Parcell and Duty Manager Cherith Pechey the event
ran beautifully. The Dinner guests enjoyed excellent food,
wonderfully served by the well organised hotel team.
guests then danced long into the night to the music of the
brilliant band 'Silva.' It was indeed a night to remember!
Hodge MBE - GB Olympic Gold Medalist, Ian Howell - Captain, Eeke
Thomee - Dutch International Oarswomen,
Bryn Hughes - Chairman and Colin Parcell - Manager of Chase Hotel.
RUGBY: ROSS 2ND XV 0 - CINDERFORD 4THS 17
On Saturday, Ross RFC 2nd's played away to Cinderford 4ths
and were unfortunate to come away with a 17 points to 0
defeat, with all fifteen players putting in an enormous
started very bright, forcing the Cinderford forwards into
making handling errors. Ross were unfortunate not to go
into half time six points to nil up, only with the post
keeping out captain, Craig Powell's penalty kick.
the second half started Ross let their heads drop and Cinderford
opened the scoring with a converted try. Ross picked themselves
back up and tried taking the game to Cinderford but were
unlucky to concede a try from a counter attack. The conversion
was missed making the score 12-0. With the clock ticking
away, Cinderford managed to score another try. The conversion
was missed and the game came to an end.
were all round solid performances from Paul Hayward, Karl
Pritchard, Troy Mccauley, Paul Phipps and Rob Jode, just
to name a few, with pivotal roles in the backs from Craig
Powell, Tim Chainey and Sam Griffiths.
was hard to choose one man for The Walford Timber man of
the match award, so it was shared between all fifteen players.
2nd's next game is away to Bromsgrove 4ths on Saturday,
7th November. If any new or old players are interested in
playing for Ross then training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays
starting at 6:30pm at the Sports Centre.